Internationalization barriers of SMEs from developing countries : a review and research agenda

Ashna Chandra, Justin Paul, Meena Chavan

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper reviews the literature on internationalization barriers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from developing countries. The purposes of the study are: (1) to explicitly point out specific factors influencing the growth and internationalization of SMEs from developing countries and (2) to identify the research gaps to provide lucid and succinct directions for future research in this area.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors selected relevant papers from journals listed on Web of Science and Scopus databases.

Findings: It was found that there are large number of questions remain unanswered regarding the internationalization of SMEs from developing countries regarding the factors determining their growth and internationalization.

Originality/value: This review distinctively accentuates previous studies on such barriers influencing the growth of SMEs from developing countries and systematically synthesize the issues faced by those SMEs. Thus, the authors seek to provide a comprehensible platform for researchers working in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1310
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Volume26
Issue number6
Early online date7 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Systematic review
  • Small and medium enterprises
  • Internationalization
  • Developing countries
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Institutions
  • Management competency

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